Sandy & Gary Barker have the honor and opportunity to say that their greatest inspiration is their child. Christian Gordon Barker, born May 6, 1993, was the epitome of patience and courage. Christian was a beautiful blond-haired, blue-eyed boy. He was quiet but had a silly sense of humor and excelled as a student with straight A’s. He had a great love for his siblings Garrett and Kendall and loved spending time with his family. He loved soccer, video games, math, drawing hilarious comics, and giving tight “Christian hugs”.
Christian was diagnosed on May 7, 2006 (the day after his 13th birthday) with Hypo-diploid Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia which is a very rare and high-risk form of childhood cancer. We were told his only hope for survival was to have a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT). After extensively researching centers of excellence, we chose SCCA (or Fred Hutch) in Seattle and had to split our family to get him to treatment. Both of us had to try to manage visits and travel costs back and forth but there was nothing we wouldn’t do to fight.
"Christian was cancer-free when he died which is testament to the toxicity and dangers of current pediatric cancer treatment."